John Gruden is facing backlash over his email after EA Sports announced it would remove the former NFL Las Vegas Raiders coach from their Madden 22 games in the wake of his resignation.
“EA Sports is committed to taking action to maintain a culture of inclusion and equity,” the company tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. “Due to the circumstances of John Gruden’s resignation, we are taking steps to remove him from Madden NFL 22.”
The statement continued, “We will be replacing her with a generic likeness via a title update in the coming weeks.”
This is another domino in the fallout about Gruden. Tampa Bay Buccaneers removed gruden From the team’s Ring of Honor, according to Granthshala 13 Tampa Bay. Granthshala Business also reported shoe and apparel company Skechers. ended their relationship with Gruden.
Gruden resigned as coach this week after emails sent before the hiring in 2018 revealed racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
Gruden released a statement Monday night saying: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and don’t want to be distracted. To all Raiders players, coaches, staff and fans.” Thank you. Nation. I’m sorry, I never intended to hurt anyone.”
Gruden stepped down after The New York Times reported that he used foul and homophobic language directed at Roger Goodell, commissioner at the NFL and others.
Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden reacts on the sidelines during a game at Allegiant Stadium against the Chicago Bears on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The emails were traced to a workplace misconduct investigation at the Washington football team, but it cost Gruden his job when he also showed Gruden the drafting of a gay player and the playing of the national anthem among other issues. Condemned the patience of the players.
The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell, saying he was “ignorant” and “anti-football”. He also said that Goodell should not have pressured the Rams to draft “queers” in reference to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
The Times reported that in a 2017 email, Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a female officer saying: “Nice job Roger.”
The paper also stated that Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to downplay the concussion, and said that Eric Reid, a player who performed while playing the national anthem, should be fired.
The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling out Goodell for supporting his efforts to promote racial equality and criminal justice reform.
“He needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” Gruden wrote.
Gruden also reportedly criticized President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden during his re-election campaign in 2012.
Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” about Smith, saying they were made out of frustration over the 2011 lockout. But the latest emails sent between 2011-18 when Gruden was an analyst for ESPN show that his use of abusive language went far beyond that.
Gruden has a career record of 117–112, but has not won a playoff game since the Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in the 2002 season.
It was a swift fall for Gruden, who is in his fourth year of the 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It began on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe the NFL. Union chief Demoris Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.
Gruden’s remarks about Smith to Allen came during a 2011 NFL lockout of players. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal he was angered by the lockdown during labor talks and did not trust the direction of the union.
Special Team and Assistant Head Coach Rich Bisassia will take over as the Raiders on an interim basis.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.